I wasn’t the only one who saw all these WW2 movies out there. There was an article in the Week In Review on the NYT yesterday that talked about it, and even added a couple more films to the list. While I disagree with the reason that there are so many of these films right now, it’s interesting to read about them from someone who knows what they are talking about historically.
I saw Valkyrie yesterday. There was a preview for Defiance and I know about The Reader and Good. And then Tarantino is making a WW2 remake. WTF? That war ended over 50 years ago!
I don’t know about the Tarnatino film, but what’s interesting about these films is that all of them take place behind enemy lines: that is, they take place in Nazi Germany, or under Nazi occupation. The general message of all four of these films seems to be while Nazism and Hitler was the ultimate evil, there were human beings that were caught up in it.
I haven’t seen all these films, and I can only assume so much from the trailers, but it does seem weird that we have to go back to the Nazis to find a safe arena to explore our current wars and situations. I’m sure it has to do with the idea that Nazis are always a simple evil, and in our complex times, it’s more palatable to remember the days where things seemed simpler. History makes things a little clearer, even if its not always accurate.
We had a run of Vietnam films in the 80’s, but there is nowhere near as many Vietnam films as there are WW2 films. There are a lot more parallels between the Iraq War and the Vietnam war, than I can with WW2. So I guess that is part of the problem. But even that war is getting old – Obama was a kid when that war ended.
The other thing these films have in common is that they got crappy reviews. I thought Valkyrie was alright, but I didn’t really understand why it was made. They skimmed some interesting ideas, but none of them came through. Meanwhile, I watched Towelhead when I got home and I could see why that film was made with every frame.